Australia vs India 2018: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Should not be in India’s Playing XI – Zaheer Khan
Former India pacer Zaheer Khan believes it would be difficult for Bhuvneshwar Kumar to find a place in the first XI for the opening Test against Australia.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli Kohli & Co will begin their much-anticipated campaign from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval. Zaheer is the latest to join the bandwagon of former cricketers to name their playing XI for the first Test, and he feels India is likely to go with three fast bowlers.
Speaking about the bowling unit, Zaheer Khan feels Australia pitches won’t suit Kumar’s style of bowling. Most of the wickets in Australia doesn’t assist swing, and Zaheer feels Kumar will find it tough there.
“Bhuvneshwar will rely on swing and Australian conditions don’t really provide that. You will see good bounce and pace on the wicket,” he said to Cricbuzz.
“Unlike South Africa or England for that matter where you see some good sideways movement as well. Just for that reasoning, I would say that maybe for the first couple of Test matches, the Indian team will not be looking at Bhuvneshwar as first priority. The remaining four will be in contention for being a part of the playing XI,” Zaheer added.
India should play three seamers
Zaheer Khan feels that the visitors will go in with three pacers for the Adelaide Test. India have five fast bowlers in their ranks namely Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav. And with Kumar already out from the fray according to Zaheer, India will have to choose three for the four pacers.
“The first Test match is starting in Adelaide. You expect Shami, who has been in a great rhythm in England to perform. Bumrah can provide the x-factor and I hope that he plays all the four Test matches. That will be very handy. Umesh I think has been the strike bowler.
You have these four bowlers (including Ishant Sharma) and the team management would be thinking of picking three from these four,” Zaheer concluded.
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